MORGANTOWN - The hardest part of making a dramatic change in offensive philosophy, as West Virginia's football team is doing, is not installing things and learning the X's and O's.
If that were the case, the Mountaineers would have been ready to begin the season by the end of April. When spring practice ended, all of that had been accomplished.
No, the trick is mastering it. That process begins in earnest now.
West Virginia's football team reports for fall camp today. Practice for the 105 players invited to camp begins Friday. The season begins Sept. 4 with a home game against Marshall.
While there is plenty of work to be done in every phase of the Mountaineers' game, much of the focus will be on the offense, where new coach Dana Holgorsen is expected to ramp things up considerably.
Yes, there will be installation. Again. That's just a refresher course, though. The real task is to refine and perfect things.
"It's just familiarity, getting good at what you're doing,'' Holgorsen said. "I think our offense - and our defense, too - are fairly easy to install. I think the schemes make sense to the point where the guys understand them. That doesn't mean they're going to be good at it, though.''
That's what camp is about. West Virginia begins with single practices in shorts on Friday and Saturday, will don pads beginning next week and then quickly get into full-contact work. There will be several days with multiple practices.
All of that will last this weekend and through the next two full weeks before classes begin Aug. 22. There are then two more weeks before the opener.